UB boasts several centers and institutes that focus on
understanding challenges to creating sustainable societies as well
as proposing solutions to these challenges, while reinforcing the
university’s core research mission. From finding ways to
preserve and protect the Great Lakes to designing more sustainable
communities, UB-affiliated centers and institutes are changing
lives and saving the environment.
UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs.
The Regional Institute seeks to serve the communities of the Buffalo Niagara region by bringing faculty and urban design students together with local governments, community based organizations and citizens in general to make better places and stronger communities. Its projects include the WNY Environmental Alliance, the Robert Moses Parkway, Sustainable Futures (Costa Rica).
UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental
Access (IDeA) is dedicated to making environments and products
more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an
increasingly diverse population. The center’s activities are
based on the philosophy of inclusive design.